NYWIFT Blog

Terry’s Picks: Loving Lifetime, Fox’s Failure, Congrats Katharina

Loving Lifetime: Check out this great read on Buzzfeed about the evolution of Lifetime from “guiltily pleasure” to “groundbreaking television.” Women wrote or directed 73% of the network’s original films from 1994 to 2016, and its new initiative called the “Fempire” will draw together linear, digital, social and community partnerships with the goal of “entertaining...

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Terry’s Picks: Tribeca Films, Stuntwomen Survey, Protect Yourself

Tribeca Films: Headed to the festival this week? Consider seeing one of these ten films from talented NYWIFT members. Stuntwomen Survey: An informal poll of Hollywood’s stuntwomen conducted by veteran stuntwoman Julie Johnson has found that nearly two-thirds of the 43 respondents have been bullied or sexually harassed in the workplace. Additionally, nearly 40% of...

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She Said, She Said: Jane Applegate and Abigail Zealey Bess

Creative collaborations are magic. And, this magical one began at a NYWIFT workshop on crowd-funding presented two years ago by Jane Applegate, a writer and producer. Read how Jane teamed up with fellow NYWIFT member Abigail Zealey Bess to bring their short film to the big screen in our first edition of She Said, She Said - NYWIFT members in conversation.

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Terry’s Picks: Shot Callers, Be Here Now, Negative Numbers

Shot Callers: Listen to NYWIFT’s brand new Shot Callers podcast – a great way to get to know our fabulous members as they talk about their careers and the state of the industry. Be Here Now: NYWIFT member Lilibet Foster talks to IndieWire about her new documentary Be Here Now, which follows the inspiring journey...

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NYWIFT Member Films at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

From Katie Holmes' directorial debut to a documentary of the NY Times' obituary page, NYWIFT members have been hard at work. Here's a guideline of who, what, when and where to watch at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Terry’s Picks: Paul Feig, Melinda Gates, The Invitation

Paul Feig: Writer/Director Paul Feig says he wants to add an equity clause to his future film contracts that would require gender-balanced casting for minor roles. Melinda Gates: The renowned philanthropist talked to Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter about the gender gap in unpaid labor and why poverty is sexist. The Invitation: Looking forward to the...

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Terry’s Picks: Under Pressure, Reverse Renaissance, Hollywood Power

Under pressure: Reese Witherspoon talked to Entertainment Weekly about how, due to lack of opportunities and added scrutiny, women directors aren’t allowed to fail. Reverse Renaissance: A new study from the Writers Guild of America shows that “progress has been slow at best for women and minority writers in an era of television renaissance, while...

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Terry’s Picks: Be Yourself, Women in Motion, Making Music

Be Yourself: Costume designer Jenny Beavan talks about her recent Oscar win for Mad Max: Fury Road – and the “drama” sparked by her decision not to glam it up for the awards ceremony. Women in Motion: Kering and the Cannes Film Festival have announced the second edition of the “Women in Motion” program, which highlights...

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The Journey of a First-time Feature Producer/Director

NYWIFT member Heidi Philpsen discusses her journey from interviewing filmmakers, to being a sought-after production coordinator, to directing and producing her first feature film - and the lessons she learned along the way.

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Terry’s Picks: Super Girls, NYWIFT Pride, SWAN Day

Super girls: Marvel Studios launched a national contest that invites girls in grades 10 through 12 to create science or technology projects that “could make the world a better place.” NYWIFT pride: This a great profile on actor-writer-director-producer Erica Fae who, like so many of her fellow NYWIFT members, is a multi-talented artist creating her...

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Terry’s Picks: Congrats Wendy, Raise Awareness, The Writers Lab

Congrats, Wendy: NYWIFT member Wendy Blackstone is the composer for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, winner of the 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Short. It is the harrowing tale of a Pakistani honor killing survivor. Watch it on demand through HBO Go.   Raise awareness: Four films by NYWIFT members will...

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Terry’s Picks: True Stories, Get Together, Second Class Superstars

True stories: The New York Times published a detailed, sobering compilation of first-hand accounts of women and minorities struggling for equality in the entertainment industry. Get Together: Jessica Chastain, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto, Queen Latifah, Catherine Hardwicke, Marielle Heller, Alysia Reiner and more have joined the advisory board of a new non-profit organization, We Do It...

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NOW ON VOD – FEBRUARY 2016

This month, NYWIFT members are offering some feature length film suggestions to your VOD queue - plus a film screening in NYC today, one coming up very soon, and one you can pre-order for digital download while simultaneously supporting its Kickstarter campaign for wide release. So show some love to members of New York Women in Film & Television and check out these films...

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Terry’s Picks: Diversity Study, Ms. Factor Toolkit, Sally Field

#OscarsSoWhite, Male AND Straight: USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative has released a groundbreaking new study which shows the breadth and depth to which Hollywood tends to be straight, white and male. The report evaluates every speaking character across 414 films, television and digital stories released in 2014-2015, and 11,000 speaking characters are...

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Terry’s Picks: Celluloid World, Script Intros, Pregnancy Portrayals

Celluloid world: Dr. Martha Lauzen’s latest study shows a significant increase in female protagonists in the top grossing feature films of last year. But it’s all relative – this “big” jump was from only 12% to only 22%. And ethnic and racial diversity is still startlingly low – 76% of all female characters were white....

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Terry’s Picks: Victoria Alonso, Paul Feig, that’swhatshesaid

Congrats, Victoria: 2015 NYWIFT Muse honoree Victoria Alonso is the first woman to receive the Advanced Imaging Society’s Harold Lloyd Award, which is presented to a filmmaker who in the judgment of the Society has created a body of work, and specific achievements in 3D, that advanced the motion picture art form. Victoria is Executive Vice...

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Terry’s Picks: SAG Diversity, The Writers Lab, Inner Beauty

SAG Diversity: In contrast with an all-white lineup of Oscar nominated actors, the SAG Awards had a healthy mix of diverse nominees and winners. That said, the majority of diverse winners were for television, not film. The Writers Lab: Submissions for The Writers Lab 2016 are now open! Learn more and submit at thewriterslab.nyc. The...

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Jessica Jones: A Kick Ass Show Women Can Be Proud Of

How Marvel's latest Netflix series raises the bar for women characters and social issues.

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